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Fenster, Gigi
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Gigi Fenster

Fenster, Gigi
In brief
Gigi Fenster is a novelist and short story writer based in Wellington. Her first novel, The Intentions Book, was published in 2012 to glowing reviews. It was a finalist in the 2013 New Zealand Post Book Awards. Fenster has published a number of short stories in journals such as Sport, Hue & Cry and the International Literary Quarterly. She commenced a PhD in Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington in 2013 and works as a law lecturer.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Fenster, Gigi (–) is a writer and law lecturer. She received an MA in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington in 2006. She has published a number of short stories, including ‘Leaving Morris’ (Sport 37, Winter 2009), ‘Buttons’ (International Literary Quarterly, issue 16, 2011) and ‘Preview’ (Hue & Cry, issue 6, 2012).

Her first novel, The Intentions Book (Victoria University Press), was published in 2012, and was a finalist in the 2013 New Zealand Post Book Awards. The Intentions Book was also longlisted for the 2014 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award, and longlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize.

Praise for this debut novel has been unanimous. In his launch of the book, writer Damien Wilkins called it ‘the best New Zealand novel in years’. Reviewer Susan Kornfield wrote in Takahe (2012), ‘This is a generous book, one that argues for truth and understanding, for taking people as they are, for reading their intent and helping them find their way. It is an impressive first novel that reveals its secrets slowly.’ Tim Jones wrote in Landfall (2012) that ‘The great strengths of this novel are the sophisticated, confident way in which it is told.’

Writing in the New Zealand Herald (May, 2012), reviewer Paula Green called Fenster ‘an author who is like a breath of fresh air’ and that she ‘has made a standout debut…The writing is tight, the protagonist memorable and the revelations stitched with a subtle finesse.’

Fenster was awarded the 2012 Todd New Writers’ Bursary to complete her next novel. She commenced a PhD in Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington in 2013. Her PhD will explore the theme of fever, as it is portrayed in literature and viewed by writers.



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